Spectral Hypnosis: Orcas, CFCF, Jogging House MP3 Streams & Downloads

A recurring series, featuring mesmerizing songs for one to lose sense of time and space, mind and body.

Orcas – Orcas

Two Pacific Northwest musicians — electronic-minded singer-songwriter Benoit Pioulard and minimal composer Rafael Anton Irisarri (of The Sight Below) — have gotten together for the aptly-named Orcas. Their upcoming self-titled album is a beauty, full of ambient space as well as structural mastery. Expect more from us from this release, because it is beautiful. Out April 24th, 2012, on Iceland’s Morr Music.

And if this teaser track below is not enough to satisfy your cravings for good music, check out this mix the two put together for Self-Titled Mag, which features such musicians as The Durutti Column, Fennesz, The Zombies, Cocteau Twins, and Broadcast, along with the reasons the two chose those songs.

1. Pallor Cedes
2. Arrow Drawn
3. Standard Error
4. Carrion
5. A Subtle Escape
6. Until Then
7. Certain Abstractions
8. I Saw My Echo
9. High Fences

CFCF – Exercises

With his latest album, Exercises, Montreal-based DJ and electronic artist CFCF goes two-fold, simultaneously embracing analog and digital sounds with equal measure, through inwards and outwards-flowing cascades of keys. This series of ‘exercises” are like warm-up lessons that pull influence from Philip Glass, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and David Borden, amongst others — but the tracks, which sound initially simplistic, build progressively into full-fledged compositions. Exercises feels like a more muted counterpart to CFCF’s 2009 debut, Continent, solifidying CFCF as one of few DJ’s and artists that treads the line equally between the indie-electronic and the club-electronic.

Exercises will be released on April 24th via Paper Bag Records, and we are sure to cover it a few times more.

Listen to “Exercise #3 (Building)” below.

Exercise #1 (Entry)
Exercise #2 (School)
Exercise #3 (Building)
Exercise #4 (Spirit)
Exercise #5 (September)
Exercise #6 (December)
Exercise #7 (Loss)
Exercise #8 (Change)

Jogging House – Relations

Relations is the new EP from Frankfurt’s Jogging House, available for free download on their Bandcamp! Inspired by ’80s vocal pop artists like Cindi Lauper, Prince, and Michael Jackson, songwriter Boris Potschubay wanted to make a slowed-down resemblance of a traditional pop act. Calling his style “lo-fi R&B,” Potschubay has made a series of pop songs that fall somewhere between liquid drum n’ bass and indie R&B from How To Dress Well’s world.

Potschubay describes the themes of his music, saying:

The lyrics in my jams don’t make any sense at all, but if you listen to them for a while they sound like they would. I played them like instruments and tried to make them sound like vague and distant love cries. In the end, those lyrics mean what you hear in them… it’s nothing about me personally but it’s a theme everybody can relate to. And that’s what makes something pop, I guess.

Written by
Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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